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Welcome to Montessori School of Durham

In all the world, there is not one single person on the same path as your child.

 
Find an educational environment that is constantly evolving and customizing itself to meet your child’s unique individual strengths and preferences.  
 
 
 
 
We hope the information you find here raises questions and equips you with answers that you will take with you on your process as you search for an educational environment that is the right fit for your child.
 
Wondering what "Montessori" is all about?  It's not just for hippies.  Learn more on our "Why Montessori" page.  
 
But there are a lot of Montessori schools in the area.  Why should you choose MCHD?  I'm glad you asked.  We'll tell you on our "Why MCHD" page
 
We've got lot of information to share with you; things like what a child who attends a Montessori school grows up to be, what our classrooms are really like, how the admissions process works, and more.  Explore our site, and ask questions when you're ready (try our "Contact" page).    
 
We're glad you're here, and we'll be excited to meet you soon.    
 
 
In a nutshell:
Each Montessori class, from toddlers through high school, operates on the principle of freedom within limits. Every program has its set of ground rules which differs from age to age, but is always based on core Montessori beliefs – respect for each other and for the environment. 

Children are free to work at their own pace with materials they have chosen, either alone or with others. The teacher relies on her/his observations of the children to determine which new activities and materials she may introduce to an individual child or to a small or large group. The aim is to encourage active, self-directed learning and to strike a balance of individual mastery with small group collaboration within the whole group community.
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By the Numbers

16
languages spoken in our families' homes
40
countries our families have lived in
100%
lead teachers are Montessori-certified
213
combined years' teaching experience
617
lunches prepared by students for local food bank
500
combined hours of continuing education completed by our staff
1977
MCHD was founded by a diverse group of Durham families
1st
school in NC accredited by the American Montessori Society

News & Announcements

Closed on Monday, September 17th

Thanks for your patience this morning as the worst weather hit right as staff were arriving to school. We unfortunately will have to stay closed through Monday as we continue to have tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, and trees falling due to saturated grounds. The Durham County Police Department issued a message to stay off the roads as several cars have gotten stuck in high waters. On campus, we are working to stop water from entering buildings so that we can open on time tomorrow. The Parent-Education night scheduled for tonight will also be canceled. We will reschedule that event and will be in touch to register for childcare.
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Montessori School of Durham

We are excited to announce that we have changed our school name to Montessori School of Durham. The school has been educating students since 1977 and has become much more than a "Children's House" (which describes a program for children 3-6 years old) since 1982 when the school's Elementary program began. In 2007, the school’s Toddler program began. Montessori School of Durham ignites passion and curiosity for lifelong learning in students 18 months through 6th grade.
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All-School Fall Picnic!

Save the date for the All-School Fall Picnic at Little River Regional Park Picnic Shelter (301 Little River Park Way, Rougemont, NC 27572) on Sunday, September 9th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Please bring drinks for your family and a dish to share with the MCHD community (with serving utensil). Some picnic tables are at the park, but you may also bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets for seating in the grassy area. The Parents’ Association will provide plates, utensils & napkins. Gather your family and come visit with friends old and new! Little River Park has a playground, large field, and hiking/biking trails so bring bikes and balls. Come early and enjoy the park and trail. Please note, if 3:30 conflicts with nap time or other needs, families are welcome to arrive at any point during the picnic that best suits their children’s schedules. All items should be removed from the picnic area by 5:15 for clean-up and break down.
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Toddler Tour and Information Session

Explore a Montessori Children's House of Durham Toddler Classroom and learn more about a Montessori education. Join us for a Toddler Tour and Information Session (parents only) on Wednesday, July 18th from 3:30-4:30pm. The half-day or full-day toddler classes (for children ages 18 months to 3 years-old) are designed to develop language, cognitive and motor abilities. They focus on modeling social skills and graces, finding friendships, and instilling collaborative work while uniting the toddler's strong sense of independence with practical success. Now enrolling! If you are unable to attend during this session, please email natalie@mchdurham.org to schedule a personal tour.
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Learn more about our camp options!

With options for children aged 3 -14, students will express creativity while refining artistic skills in art and pottery camps, design and animate mobile apps with local provider Stem4Kids, delve into the world of musical theater, learn all about cats, get creative in the kitchen, etc. Check out all of the options!

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